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Last run: Brothers Derek, Dylan Maltz savor final season together at Syracuse

first_img Published on April 15, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Derek Maltz’s high school career was ending. Dylan Maltz’s was just beginning. The only thing either of them could do was stand at midfield and cry.Derek, a Stone Bridge (Va.) High School senior at the time, was Syracuse bound. Dylan, a freshman, didn’t know the first thing about college recruiting, but had proven to be more than just “Derek’s younger brother” in a short time.But their lone year together was slipping away in the regional quarterfinals of the 2010 Virginia state playoffs, with Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School leading by five goals and the final minutes ticking off the clock. So the brothers stood side by side as the season came to an unceremonious end. “It’s not going to be the last time we play together,” Dylan said to Derek, if not to predict the future, then to lighten the sting of the loss. “I know it’s not.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt only could have meant one thing, and four years later the Maltz brothers are reunited as teammates at Syracuse. Once again, Derek is a senior and Dylan a freshman, and just a handful of games separate them from another parting. And while they’re doing the most to savor that time and help the Orange back to the national championship game, they’re also closing a chapter of family history.Their father, Derek Maltz Sr., was a walk-on in the early 1980s, on the team that won the program’s first national championship in 1983 and kick-started 22 straight years of final four appearances. He didn’t push his sons to play at Syracuse, but their devotion to the program and each other are a product of his guidance. Derek has bounced in and out of SU’s starting lineup this season, and has scored 10 goals while collecting seven assists. Dylan’s minutes have been scarce, but he’s shown flashes of playmaking ability when given the chance. “Coming here and playing with Derek has been awesome,” Dylan said. “We knew it was coming, but I couldn’t ask for much more from this season with him.”Growing up, Dylan and Derek took every opportunity to be around each other. They often played sports with their friends and were always a package deal. Derek a center and Dylan his point guard. Derek a quarterback and Dylan his receiver. And above all, a duo around the lacrosse net. Dylan was just 3 years old when they first started playing “mini lax” in their basement, and Derek — whose size has allowed him to dominate around the crease throughout his Syracuse career — could always use his size against his younger brother. As they grew older they took the game outside and started regularly watching SU lacrosse with their dad. They learned the names of the players, wore blue and orange gear and absorbed the rich tradition. “They fell in love with the game when they were little,” Derek Sr. said. “I did my best to show them good lacrosse, and that just happened to be Syracuse lacrosse at the time.”But when Dylan got to Stone Bridge and the two were finally on the same high school team, Stone Bridge head coach Scott Mitchell put them on different practice lines to see what they could on their own. “Hey Coach, can I play with Derek?” Dylan asked as his line left the field and Derek’s went on. “Can I try being on a line with my brother?” Derek asked when he came off. But when games came, Mitchell paired the two like he always knew he would.“Guys like that, you can’t split them up,” Mitchell said. “They had a great chemistry and were phenomenal together.”At season’s end, Derek’s decision to attend Syracuse was an easy one. He wasn’t heavily sought after and getting an opportunity at Syracuse was always his dream. But in the three years after Derek left Stone Bridge, Dylan became one of the top players in an area not traditionally known for its lacrosse. He surfaced as the sixth-ranked attack and No. 18 player in the Class of 2013, according to Inside Lacrosse, and drew interest from a variety of programs.Then in the summer of 2011, Dylan and Derek sat on their back porch while Dylan called SU head coach John Desko. It had been a little more than a year since he promised his older brother they’d run on the same field again, and he stuck to that.“He made the decision on his own, and Derek had a lot to do with it,” Derek Sr. said. “He wanted another chance to play with his brother.”Now, after just one more season where Derek is doing his best to help a deep attack unit and Dylan is scratching at the surface as a freshman, they’ll soon part again. But Dylan will carry on the family tradition after Derek graduates, and the youngest Maltz — 13-year-old Danny — is a budding lacrosse star. “He could be the best of all three of us,” Derek said. And when he was asked if Danny could end up at Syracuse, Derek smiled and said, “With our track record, why not?”In the short term, Syracuse is chasing a national championship and the Maltz brothers are doing anything they can to win a ring, just like their dad. Derek’s collegiate career will soon end. Dylan’s is just beginning. But gratuity has replaced their tears. Derek said: “We’re just happy we’ve been able to play another year together. It’s been a blast. We’re always going to be able to look back on it and that’s what’s important.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s late stops, Kayla Treanor’s record-breaking goal put Louisville away, 13-10

first_imgSyracuse was backed into a corner after struggling to stop the Louisville offense several times in the second half. Allie Murray made a sweeping save with her stick and then stuffed another shot on the doorstep of the net.Syracuse still needed one last stop. The Cardinals had battled back and cut a three-goal deficit to one. Jillian Balog threw a cross-field pass that Kelly Cross picked off. The turnover ended Louisville’s last come-back attempt.“They’d get close and our players would make a play. We’d get a save and we’d get back up by a couple,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I thought we finished the game, not quite stopping their run and building on it, but at least we stopped it.”No. 5 Syracuse (14-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) held the ball and scored twice more to preserve its lead and beat No. 7 Louisville (12-4, 3-4), 13-10, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Kayla Treanor broke SU’s goal-scoring record with the 251st of her career, also the goal that formally clipped UofL. The Orange’s biggest lead shrunk from four to one, but the Cardinals hardly ever got within true striking distance.The win guarantees Syracuse will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s ACC tournament, which it won last season, beating the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds. This season, the ACC tournament could help Syracuse make its case for being a top four seed in the NCAA tournament, which would give it home-field advantage through the quarterfinals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(Louisville) didn’t give up, kept fighting back,” Gait said, “but the good thing is, we had answers.”One Treanor goal and three assists accounted for half of SU’s goals by the end of the first half. The Orange built a three-goal lead by the time the final seconds were ticking down and Treanor had a chance for one last goal. The senior attack blasted a shot wide of the net, but had been decked as she got it off.A buzzer sounded. The band started playing. Gait opened up his hands at his sides staring at the play, asking the referees for a call. Treanor was given a free position with one second left instead of the half ending.She ripped her shot past UofL goalie Kelly Gielner.The buzzer sounded again, the band started playing again. Brenna Rainone was one of a small group to congratulate Treanor as she ran off the field for breaking the school record in goals. This time it was Cardinals head coach Kellie Young who argued that the goal shouldn’t count.After Treanor ran off the field, the referees called the goal off because it went in after the buzzer sounded. SU ended the half up, 8-5.“In the locker room, the coaches told us (the goal didn’t count),” Treanor said.The goal that never was would have given SU just a bit more cushion. Its lead steadied through the first 15 minutes of the second half until the Cardinals scored twice and brought the game within one.After Cross picked off the Louisville pass, Syracuse cleared the ball out of its own end and Gait called a timeout. The Orange worked the ball around and 29 seconds after the timeout, Treanor slid around the right side of the crease. She faked a high shot, but bounced it off the ground instead to break the scoring record.The goal buried UofL and gave SU the cushion it needed with her near-goal at halftime. In the second half this year against ranked and conference opponents, the Orange has scored two less goals (61-57) than its opponents.On Saturday, SU managed a tie and that’s all it needed.“I think definitely, that’s been a focus of ours, finishing our second half,” Treanor said. “Luckily today — fortunately today, I don’t think it’s luck — I think we did the job, we finished our game. A couple times during the season we haven’t done that.” Comments Published on April 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ghana Rugby announces Sevens Championship fixtures

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU – Ghana Rugby) has announced the fixtures of the 2018 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) Sevens Tournament.The tournament will be played in a format similar to the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series with 12 men’s and six women’s sevens teams competing in three men’s and two women’s pools on Saturdays from the end of June to end of August 2018.According to Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, the GRCC Sevens will provide both players and spectators with lots of excitement and indeed fun.“Sevens Rugby has become a popular format of the Game of Rugby due to its fast pace and shorter game time and the GRCC Sevens will be a spectacle not to be missed. We invite everybody to open up their Saturdays for the following two months and to join us for a day of fun,” Mensah said.In the Accra section Accra Rugby Club, Conquerors Sporting Club, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC and Dansoman Hurricanes RFC will play in Pool A with Lions RFC, Accra Rugby Club 2, Conquerors Sporting Club 2 and Lions RFC 2 making up Pool B.Matches will be played on the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturdays starting at 8 am with the last match kicking off at 6 pm. Dennis Foundation Sporting Club, Griffons R F C, Western Cheetahs R F C and Stallions R F C will play in the Cape Coast section at the Robert Mensah Stadium.The women’s sevens team will play in the Accra section and will consist of Conquerors Sporting Club, Cosmos Buffalos RFC and Griffons RFC in Pool A while Dansoman Hurricanes RFC, Lions RFC and Griffons RFC 2 will make up Pool B.Playoffs will start at 2:40 pm in both Accra and Cape Coast.The GRCC Sevens Tournament will also form part of Ghana rugby’s preparation for its participation in the 2018 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens tournament that will be held in Tunisia between 11 and 13 October. The Tunisia tournament will be contested between twelve African rugby nations that will include Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tunisia, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and Namibia.In 2017 the Ghana Eagles participated for the first time in the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens tournament and managed to beat Mauritius in the 9th Place Playoff.The Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens tournament forms the basis of qualification for African nations to qualify for the World Rugby Cup Sevens, the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series and the Olympics.In 2017 Uganda and Zimbabwe qualified to take part in the World Rugby Cup Sevens and will join South Africa and Kenya as African participants in San Francisco to play for top honours between 20 and 23 July. In total 24 nations will compete in the men’s competition while 16 women’s teams will take part. In the women’s tournament, there is only one African team taking part, namely South Africa.Seven players play sevens Rugby on the field with five replacements in two halves lasting only seven minutes each. The Sevens format is characterised by its short duration and fast pace of the game.The GRCC Sevens will also form the basis of selection of both a men’s and women’s national team, the Ghana Eagles.Mensah said that although Ghana Rugby has to date not competed in international women’s tournaments, the situation will change from 2019. “My administration and I have fully committed ourselves to the development of Women In Rugby in Ghana, and I am convinced that Ghana can become the top team in African women’s rugby in the foreseeable future,” he said.Related: Ghana Rugby – AM Sports on JoyNewslast_img read more

Warriors’ Mark Stevens banned 1 year, fined $500K for shoving Kyle Lowry

first_img“There’s no place for that,” Lowry told reporters Wednesday. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.”Lowry called for Stevens’ ban to be permanent when he met with reporters one day after the game.“More should be done,” Lowry said, via the Washington Post. “He’s not a good look for the ownership group they have. A guy like that showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s no place for that.”Stevens apologized for his actions in a statement later Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions (Wednesday) at the NBA Finals and am embarrassed by what transpired,” Stevens’ statement read, in part. “What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it. Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologize. The incident occurred early in the fourth quarter when Lowry dove into the crowd. Stevens reached over and pushed the guard before the two exchanged words. He was then ejected from the stadium.Golden State went on to lose 123-109 and now trails Toronto in the series, 2-1. Related News “I hope the Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgment understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night (Wednesday) does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life. I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry.”The Warriors will host the Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors aren’t focused on who is or isn’t playing for Warriors Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens has been banned from attending games and team activities for one year and fined $500,000 for shoving Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the league announced Thursday.“A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard,” the league said in an earlier statement. “The conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league.” Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson to play Game 4, but Kevin Durant out NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from the Raptors’ Game 3 road win over the Warriorslast_img read more

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